The possibility of kombucha cultures surviving under Martian-like environments has been studied by an international research team that includes the University of Göttingen. Kombucha, also known as tea fungus or mushroom tea, is a popular beverage that is made by fermenting sugared tea using kombucha cultures, a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.
Surprisingly, a bacterial species that produces cellulose persisted despite the simulated Martian atmosphere destroying the kombucha cultures’ microbial ecology. The findings were published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology.
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